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Abbess Vs. Prioress


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I just started reading Mother Dolores Hart's autobiography and am royally confused. She is the Prioress but there is also an Abbess. What's up with that?!

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An abbess is a higher rank an usually oversees a large monastery. A prioress is either the head of a group of religious becoming an abbey or the abbesses' right hand (wo)man.

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